Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Virtual via Zoom
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is an intensive training in developing mindful awareness and accessing our innate capacity for health, healing and growth. Groups meet for for an orientation, 8 weekly classes and an all-day retreat between weeks six and seven. Guided instruction in various practices is provided, including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, gentle yoga, and mindful communication. These practices are enhanced through inquiry exercises, group dialogue, and daily home assignments. This course qualifies for both CMEs and social work CEUs.
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is, “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.” Stress is an inherent part of our lives. We do not practice mindfulness in order to escape the stress, but practice so that we can relate to our stress in a healthier way. MBSR is intended to ignite our inner capacity for awareness, and to learn ways that we can be awake and in touch with our lives as they unfold.
In research published by the Center for Mindfulness, the majority of people who complete the course report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
No prerequisites required. A laptop or computer with access to zoom is recommended as phones may limit capacity to see all class participants and to engage in breakout sessions.